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Bill Charlap

Bill Charlap is one of the strongest mainstream jazz pianists on the scene and one of the most gifted interpreters of standards. He grew up in a musical household, as the son of Broadway songwriter Moose Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart. Taking to the piano at a young age, he went on to study at New York's High School of Performing Arts. He then entered college, but rather than finishing, opted to practice and gig on his own. Pianist Bill Mays soon took up Charlap's cause, recommending the young man as his replacement in the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. During this time, Charlap also worked with Benny Carter, Clark Terry, and Frank Wess, and was sought after as an accompanist for singers such as Tony Bennett, Carol Sloane, and Sheila Jordan. In 1995, he secured one of the most coveted piano chairs in jazz, with the Phil Woods Quintet.

All the while, Charlap showed steady development as a leader. His debut came in 1994 with Along with Me, followed by Souvenir in 1995 and Distant Star in 1996. His 1997 release, All Through the Night, was the first to feature his current trio, with the redoubtable (and unrelated) Washingtons, Peter and Kenny, on bass and drums respectively. In 2000, this lineup had its major-label breakthrough with the highly acclaimed Blue Note disc Written in the Stars. Two albums appeared in 2001: 2Gether with Warren Vaché and Contrasts with Jon Gordon. 'S Wonderful hit the shelves in 2002, as did Stardust, which began a series of albums that focused on a single composer. Stardust featured the music of Hoagy Carmichael, 2004's Somewhere was an all-Leonard Bernstein affair, while 2005's Plays George Gershwin featured ten songs by the man Charlap considers "the American soul." 2005 saw the release of an album with Sandy Stewart, Love Is Here to Stay. Two years later, Charlap released Live at the Village Vanguard. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi
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drbradhawley
One of the best versions of this song I've ever heard!
you can't play music and show off at the same time..it's gotta be one or the other.
A cool lush & lyrical sound with nifty blues overtones--d e f t l y performed!
Georgia on My Mind is a song by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, most commonly associated with the version by Ray Charles, a native of Georgia, who ...
Versions - Cultural significance - Lyrics - See also
I would love to hear musician with his talent do gospel jazz CD. There's is know greater melody lines then Gospel music. So any great jazz pianist please listen to your spiritual ear.
dave5962
Bill Charlap may be Ken Peplowski on your page. On mine he's Johnny Mercer. Under any name he's wonderful on tunes like Dream, which he's playing now (not Georgia on My Mind here), but I heard him a year ago live at the Village Vanguard and he was showing off his virtuosity, all over the keyboard, and I didn't like him at all.
Who did compose Georgia ? I'm thinking Hoagie Carmichele. DMB
Georgia On My Mind is one of the most standard of standard. Ray Charles did a great job on it and got a lot of miles out of it. But I have never heard it done with such tenderness, respect and duplication as I have just now heard it done by Bill Carlap. Its composer would say the same as I now say....You got it Bill. DMB
dlloyd5
love this player, how about Pandora fixes the bio to actually refer to Mr Charlap???
Confused! Live at the Village Vanguard-Bil l Charlap describes him as a clarinet player. No clarinet on Autumn in New York. I'm just sayin'
Without specifics regarding the actual participants , I gather that this is a standard trio. The (misrepresen t e d ) pianist, Bill Charlap, is outstanding and the bass is holding the line up excellently. There must be drums in there but all I get is a slight brush rattle, which could as easily come from someone clearing a table in the next room. Needs a skoshi more oomph from the kit.
Yes, again Pandora seems confused about artists and their collaborator s when it comes to jazz. Bill Charlap's Live at the Village Voice is a classic, on par with Bill Evan's album by the same name. Come on Pandy, get your schema in the groove!
LOve love love this
glgreenway
One gets the impression that the air at Pandora's Biography Office is sweet smelling and blueish in hue---having FINALLY gotten around fixing the Getz-Jobim-S i n a t r a farkle we now find that poor Bill
Charlap has been morphed into Ken Peplowski! Come on Pandy! You are a much classier bunch
than this!
Anyone at Pandora going to clean up the issue mentioned here about Bill Charlap not being Ken Peplowski?
stan98
Stan Shaffer, Drums
GREAT music, well thought out and executed.
Bill Charlap is GREAT! Frank Wess, although not my favorite sax player, is certainly "no slouch"
fminparis
Don't have much to say. Simply wonderful. What a pleasure to listen to.
Perfect! Why isn't there more music like this?
Why is this album by Bill Charlap and you write about Ken Peplowski? Which person is doing the marvellous solo work?
Just saw this trio at the Village Vanguard, where they are finishing up a 2 week run. Very few musicians gets two weeks every year at the Vanguard and when you hear this trio, it becomes immediately clear. The beauty, power and clarity of their music is astonishing. It is straight ahead jazz of the very highest order - they play so well together and their arrangements are so tight and so multifaceted that you are constantly surprised, even when they are playing a standard you've heard many time
chandlerc60
I would love to work with him! He has just the touch that most vocalist look for in a pianist not overpowering . He gives the vocalist the freedom and space for she or he to do what they do best with their instrument. ccpgh48
Smooth and easy! Says a lot in a few notes?

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